It is widely acknowledged that we are experiencing a participation boom in recreational running, as evidenced by the dramatic increase in the number of registered running events, from 5Ks through to marathon distances and beyond, as well as the proliferation of themed races such as Colour Run, and Tough Mudder.
I would suggest to you that it is not just the enthusiast runner, those in the euphemistically named ‘mid pack’ that suffer negative cognitions. Runners of all ability suffer from crises of confidence whilst at a peak of exertion, in trying conditions or when the competition is fierce.
Truth be known, it had taken me a few weeks to adjust from central Auckland living to that of a smelly dude sleeping in his van running trails every day. I was practically brain dead when I headed off. Burnt out. Unable to be present in anything I was doing. A pretty typical state in Auckland city to be honest- that I refused to accept as being ‘OK’. Two weeks after leaving, my body and mind had settled into a new rhythm that felt normal.
My daughter turned two a fortnight ago. It marked the latest in what feels like a series of milestones, also a path to balancing run life and parenthood. Regardless of how many self-help manuals you devour or hours spent scouring the internet for guidance, parenting when you’re new to it, can be both terrifying and life changing in equal measure.
Running is like making music to me. Bear with me, if you were to classify two approaches perhaps you’d classify one runner as a composer. Swirling creativity, themes, scope and the overall sense of a piece.
My name is Kate, I am an Osteopath, and this is my own personal story of how I put life as a patient with a serious back injury, behind me. When my disc patients ask me if I have seen “this type of injury” before, I can now answer them honestly. Yes, all the time. I can also tell them that I too, have experienced this type of injury before.
How much of our life stress do we carry on our backs while running? I’d like to think I’m not a hunched shouldered, fist clenched, thrash metal blasting, heels pounding kind of runner. Being free of stress or FLOW is the result of being in the moment where everything is effortless… but It’s not easy.
The relationship between running and mental health has been thoroughly written about, widely discussed and thankfully taken out of the dark confines of the Taboo. All I can add to the conversation is my own experience – my journey through the confusing darkness of depression and eventually back toward a healthier happier place.
Looking back now life without running seems a long time ago. It’s like that life happened to somebody else. In a way it did. That person would think about losing weight, getting in shape or getting fitter. Now it never crosses your mind.
What really excites and nourishes the Good People Run project is that everywhere I go, people know of us. Already on the road it has been amazing to meet people and talk about life, running and the future. People are starting to see and ‘get’ what we are all about and it’s a beautiful thing.
It’s fair to say my input at GPR has dropped off over the last little while. I’ve been faced with
Maybe it’s my age, being a modern parent, or recent events globally- but I’m feeling quite emotional of late. Celebrating the life of a fellow runner Steve Neary this week who tragically passed in a car accident got me thinking.
As runners, we all know that Pilates is good for us and that we “should” do it. But why? Pilates is much more than ab exercises and hamstring stretches.
Mike at Temposhot (and GPR shooter) invited me to come along to the 2016 National Club XC Champs at the Domain Park a month or so ago, and it was a great few hours in the sunshine.
Specialising in Running, Track & Field and Individual Sports, Michael Dawson creates compelling photos that tell the story of this wonderful sport.